Enhancing biomedical concept extraction using semantic relationship weights

Said Bleik, Wei Xiong, Min Song

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Scientific publications are often associated with a set of keywords to describe their content. Automating the process of keyword extraction and assignment could be useful in indexing electronic documents and building digital libraries. In this paper we propose a new approach to biomedical Concept Extraction (CE) using semantic features of concept graphs. We represent full-text documents by graphs and map biomedical terms to predefined ontology concepts. We adopt concept relation weights to improve the ranking process of potential key concepts. We perform both objective and human-based subjective evaluations. The results show that using relation weights significantly improves the performance of CE. The results also highlight the subjectivity of the CE procedure as well as of its evaluation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)303-321
Number of pages19
JournalInternational Journal of Data Mining and Bioinformatics
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2013

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Information Systems
  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
  • Library and Information Sciences


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